The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed closer Jason Grilli 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain, according to a report from SI.com.
Grilli, who hasn’t pitched since blowing back-to-back saves against the Milwaukee Brewers last weekend, is being placed on the DL retroactive to April 21.
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) April 25, 2014
There were questions before the season began as to the durability of the 37-year-old Bucs’ closer, who is now 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA, four saves and seven strikeouts for the season.
In Grilli’s absence, Mark Melancon — 0-1/1.96 ERA/8 SO — will take over the closer’s role, according to the team.
Per the team’s releases, the Pirates have recalled reliever Jared Hughes from the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians to fill the roster spot vacated by Grilli.